Susan Hackett was born in Alhambra, Calif. Her father Harry Simmons volunteered in the United States Navy in World War II, and her mother Mary Simmons was a talented artist. Susan was destined to become a creator having been born from a mother and grandmother of artistic backgrounds
and a brother who is an accomplished photographer.
She met Donald Hackett on New Year’s Eve 1968 and they became fast friends, which later lead to a deep rooted and unshakable love. Eight years later Susan accepted Donald’s proposal by saying, “When?” and they were married on Oct. 22, 1977. Susan always wanted to be a mother and an artist and she ensured to make all of her dreams come true. Art was Susan’s true passion and her life’s calling.
She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in 1971. In April of 1989 her family grew by one with the arrival of a rambunctious and lively baby girl, named Tatiana. Susan was a skilled and very accomplished artist in paint, textiles and photography. Her love for all kinds of art knew no limits. This included her love of music as she sang in the choir at the Christ Episcopal Church in Alameda. She was an active member of The Mother Lode Art Association of Sonora and the Frank Bette Center for the Arts of Alameda.
Susan followed her dreams and was in constant support of others being able to do the same. She thrived when helping people become who they wanted to be and achieve their own dreams. Her love truly knew no bounds.
She is survived by her spouse (Donald Hackett), child (Tatiana Maria Hackett), and grandchildren (Maleena Belle, Lyliana Melody, and Richard King).
The visitation will be held at Greer Family Mortuary, 2694 Blanding Ave. Alameda, CA 94501 on Monday, Sept. 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Ave. Alameda, CA 94501 at 10 a.m. followed by the burial at Lone Tree Cemetery,
24591 Fairview Ave. Hayward, CA 94524. Guests are encouraged to wear bright colors. Susan loved flowers, but donations to Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda or Mother Load Artist Association of Sonora, would also be appreciated.